Visiting Neocon 2019
NeoCon is an event that we look forward to every year. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and to see new trends coming in…
Community conversations are a wonderful way to engage and learn about a particular topic. Over the past few years, BVH has initiated multiple conversations across the region. At these, educators and designers get together with community leaders to discuss where education is headed and how we can all work together to create better learning outcomes.
A number of community leaders encouraged us to think bigger after a particularly engaging conversation at Lincoln, Nebraska’s Career Academy in the fall of 2017. We pulled together with the following community partners and held the Learn for Tomorrow event. Several screenings of the film Most Likely to Succeed were held across the city to spread the conversation and get people thinking. On April 23, 2018 we brought Jaime Casap, Google’s Education Evangelist to Lincoln’s Innovation Campus for a keynote speech (see the video below). Afterwards, a panel discussed the future of education across the region fielding questions from the audience.
Some of the key points Jamie brought up for the audience to think about were:
At the beginning of the event, we polled the audience several key questions about their thoughts on the future of education. A summary of the questions and answers generating the most feedback follows:
These poll results are very interesting knowing the audience was primarily composed of educators and administrators from PK-12 as well as higher education institutions, community and business leaders. This mirrors national conversations on the same topics.
Several change initiatives are in progress nationally and locally which give us confidence in education continuing to be the “silver bullet” Casap talks about, so long as we continue to collectively think through how to adjust education in the same way work and lifestyles are changing in today’s quickly evolving culture.
We also loaded our Facebook page up with articles, short videos and other sources that help facilitate the conversation.
What do you think the future of learning needs to look like? How can the built environment and technology adapt to the new teaching and learning methods educators are adopting today?